Girls' Track Coach of Year: M-S' Bonnie Moxley

Girls' Track Coach of Year: M-S' Bonnie Moxley

Why she’s Coach of the Year: Guided the Bulldogs to their fourth consecutive Class 2A sectional title, which gives the program 10 in the last 11 years. M-S thrower Emily Kauffman placed eighth in the discus at the state meet.  

Season highlight: “Winning a sectional title with this particular team. You couldn’t just throw it in a sack along with all the other sectional titles because this team is one that really had to work hard to put it together. We didn’t win a lot of meets along the way, and it was going to take a lot of sacrifice and determination on their part. It was a very young team loaded with freshmen and sophomores, so to sell them on the whole idea of the team being something bigger than themselves was a task this year.”

A few of my favorites: Last text sent to Matt Hensley, Mahomet-Seymour’s athletic director, about next season’s schedule ... Favorite food is any ice cream that has chocolate in it ... First job was detasseling and first teaching job was at Uni High before I came to Mahomet ... Role model is Jesus Christ ... Sport I’d like to try is fastpitch softball ... I’m driving a Mazda6 ... Favorite book is the Bible, and I just read one called “Running for My Life,” which is patterned after the Lost Boys from Sudan, and it was an excellent read ... Favorite restaurant is the Beef House ... Favorite entertainer is Steven Curtis Chapman ... Favorite athlete is Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Three things on her bucket list: Run a marathon, travel with my husband to Europe or out of the country and looking forward to being a grandmother someday.

If I weren’t coaching, I’d be ... for one flash of an instant, I considered dentistry and orthodontics, but I can’t imagine doing anything else.

About Coach Moxley: “She is the most passionate coach I’ve ever met. She is tough and expects everyone to work hard, and she trains us to be able to run multiple races, so our practices are pretty hard, but she advocates running as a lifestyle. I joined the team my junior year, and a big reason was because of Bonnie. The way she treats her athletes, she really does care about all of the girls so much. She was such an influential coach that I knew I wanted to be part of her team.” — M-S senior Sarah Knight